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Creamy Coffee Pie and WKRC Local 12 (video included)

Coffee Pie with Carabello Coffee

It’s no secret at this point how much I adore all things coffee.  So, as I mentioned to Bob and Sheila this morning on WKRC Local 12, I wanted an extra jolt this holiday season.  This coffee cream pie is sure to keep you awake well past midnight on New Year’s Eve.  Plus, this creamy goodness actually tastes like a frozen mocha latte!  Delicious!

Check out segment below:

This is a recipe I found on Pinterest from The Domestic Rebel,  linked here.  I did adapt it a bit after a few trial runs just to give it more of that true coffee flavor.

Ingredients:
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (could do sugar free as well)
  • 1 cup cold brew coffee (I made my own using Carabello Coffee)
  • 1 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp pure coffee extract
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 prepared Oreo cookie crust
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, for garnish (my faves come from Trader Joes)

Optionals: 

  • Optional: add in a bit of Kahlua (I used peppermint Kahlua once) or Bailey’s in the mix.
  • Optional: add some crushed oreo on top or add a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top.
  • Either make your own cold brew, or feel free to buy cold brew already made.
 Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding dry mix, cold brew, sweetened condensed milk, milk, and coffee extract. Whisk until combined and slightly thickened. Fold in the Cool Whip completely.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, decorate with whipped cream and garnish with dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Cut and serve!
  4. If you do not eat it all at once, put it back in the freezer.

Making pie with Bob and Sheila!

If you have any favorite dishes using coffee, please share!  I can never get too much! Have a safe and blessed New Year!

GO THERE (WKRC Cincinnati, Carabello Coffee)! TRY THAT (Coffee Pie, Cold Brew)!

 

EXPERIENCE

Krohn Conservatory

I’ve always been a fan of Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, but I always make a special visit during the holiday season.  If you’ve never been to Krohn Conservatory, it’s a beautiful greenhouse with more than 3,500 species of plants from around the world with additional exhibits, such as The Butterfly exhibit, that change throughout the year.

During the Christmas season, I can count on Krohn to have a nativity outside.  It’s usually adorned with a star on top and live animals surrounding the scene.

If you go for Krohn by Candlelight, once you work your way inside the conservatory, the gardens are lit by the glow of holiday lights.  Lovely.  Meander through the orchid room, cacti, take a pic by the waterfall and check out the giant Christmas tree.  We just happened to catch a handbell performance during our visit as well.  I always find Krohn to be a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. (P.S.- I love orchids so I could have posted 15 pics of those, but I will spare you!)

This year, I was particularly blown away by a special exhibit called The Poinsettia Express featuring a train that weaves through historical Cincinnati landmarks all made from natural resources.  Miles of train tracks highlight buildings such as Ault Park Pavilion, Fountain Square, Taft House, Union Terminal, Roebling Bridge, and much more.  This particular display was designed by Applied Imagination (award-winning botanical artists and landscape designers).  It’s really spectacular. We spent so much time here admiring the details and calling out places we knew.  And, if you’ve been good, Santa is there for pictures as well.  Just look for the tall tree made from poinsettias.

The Fern House, another room on the other side of the conservatory, also has smaller trains chugging around fairy-tale creatures and their magical habitats. It adds a more whimsical feel to this enchanted forest. Again, I love that in the middle of the city we have this beautiful botanical garden! 

Either before or after your visit to Krohn, be sure to stop at the Eden park overlook to see the Ohio River at night.  It’s a version of Christmas lights all unto itself.  I never get tired of this view.

As always, you don’t need to go far to be a tourist!  There’s so much to do and see right where you live!  Make memories. Explore!  Experience life.  Merry Christmas!  

Click here for their calendar of events!

Cost of Admission for Krohn: Adults $7.00, Children (5-12) $4.00, Children 4 and under Free.

 

GO THERE (Krohn Conservatory)!  TRY THAT (Train and Historical Botanical Architecture Exhibit)!